John (left) and Sean (right), two students of Florida State University, hold up homemade signs protesting gun violence. On the left, the sign adopts a diagnostic frame, acknowledging that the AR-15 was the designated weapon used for mass murders. The sign on the right is calling out the enablers who are responsible for knocking down legislation to reduce gun violence.
When your friend goes to a women’s clinic on FSU campus to get a free pregnancy test and they spend 45 minutes shoving religious anti choice selfish bullshit down her throat before even handing her the cup to pee in.
THIS IS NOT HEALTH CARE.
THIS CAN BE DAMAGING TO YOUNG WOMEN.
DO. NOT. MIX. GOD. WITH. MEDICINE.
On a pub crawl, between pubs, we came across this karate type class that had glass windows and the door was open. My mate in his drunken stupor thought it would be a good idea to run in screaming.
As he did, a man in the class ran across the room and did some Jackie Chan fly kick into his shoulder and they both hit the ground with a huge thud. Meanwhile about 7 of us outside were in pure disbelief in what just went down and didn’t know how to react. It was like something out of a movie. He managed to scramble back out the door and we all ran off laughing so damn hard.
This particular sign was my favorite sign at the March for our Lives in Tallahassee, because it really shows how far this movement goes in impacting personal biographies and changing minds. It was really powerful to me to see this sign because it shows how diverse this movement is and how people’s views can change over time.
As a kid, I wanted to be one of two things: either a paleontologist or an astronaut. I dreamed of going to Space Camp. I loved dinosaurs and books about the La Brea Tar Pits. I was certifiably obsessed with both space and Earth’s history. As I went through school it was obvious that I was adept at both art and science.
I was encouraged to pursue the art end of things by my mom; my dad supported me no matter what I did. I struggled a little with math near my senior year, though I was hardly failing and got As and Bs in all my classes, including precalc and physics. Still, I decided to pursue art.
I went to college out of high school on a full scholarship and attended SUNY Oswego for graphic design. I still had to take out some loans but I got my BFA. I took one freelance job and realized: I hated it. Art was fun and I was good at it but… I hated freelance work.
My mom suggested I try becoming a teacher, so I did that. I got my teaching degree from Indian River Community College in Florida, which is a 7-week program because Florida is really desperate for teachers. I worked as a teaching assistant for a few years but… I was bored. Really bored.
I went to Florida State University for one semester (again using loans), deciding I was going to become an oceanographer. But I failed college algebra and decided I was too stupid for science.
Feeling like absolute shit about myself, I joined the Navy. I studied for the ASVAB and got a 97, almost the highest score possible even though that test has math on it. I ended up in a fairly technical job, repairing the electrical systems on F18s. I had to learn some math and some science for my job and noticed I was… actually pretty good at it.
I spent 4 years in the Navy and got out, deciding I’d go back to school to become a teacher (again) but only as a backup, and my goal would be getting a Master’s and Doctorate in planetary geology. I came to Central Michigan University. I had to take college algebra again… and I aced it. Nearly got a 100%. I was floored. I took algebra II and also aced it.
It was halfway through that second semester I decided to throw caution to the wind: fuck it all, I was going to become a scientist. So I dropped the teaching major and joined the Geology major. I proceeded to pass algebra II and trigonometry with As.
I’m now entering my fourth semester here at CMU.
I’m taking calculus 1 this semester, calc II in the spring. I’m going to be picking up math as a minor beneath my geology major. I’m looking at grad schools and already planning where I want to go (University of Washington, I’m looking at you!).
Life isn’t always linear. I’m 32 years old and halfway through a new bachelor’s degree, with at least 6 more years of school ahead of me before I’ll land my dream job of planetary geology, although I could still potentially switch to Earth-based geology (I do still love the ocean, don’t get me started on mid-ocean ridges). I’m keeping my options open at this point because I know that things may not turn out how I’ve planned them. Yes, I have some college debt but I’m ok with that. Yeah, I literally have -$300 in my bank account but I’m okay with that, this is my dream and it’s worth it.
Do not feel like a loser if you’re 24 and not in your dream job. Don’t lose hope if you’re struggling, if your situation seems boring and endless. Don’t be afraid of student loan debt; I know some people are terrified of it for some reason but you really don’t have to be. Go out there and DO IT, if you can. If you’re in a place where you have to wait, then knuckle down and bear it out. I had to wait out 4 years in the Navy to get where I am. I had to get an entire degree that’s basically worthless to get where I am. I’ve literally lived three different lifetimes to get where I am: artist, teacher, military.
ok this douchey kid who sits in front of me in one of my classes always makes these ‘i’m so superior’ comments and facial expressions and gestures whenever the teacher talks about singing (it’s communication sciences and disorders, and singing is related to it i guess) and one day last week my professor asked who in here was trained as a singer and i of course put my hand up, and this kid just shouted YEAH and pointed at the ceiling, like arm straight out, fully extended, and he like looked at the ceiling too idk it was some broadway ass shit (which normally i love but this kid was a DICK) and TODAY we had a STAGGERING REALIZATION
DOUCHEY KID LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE V FAMILIAR
I LAUGHED FOR LIKE 10 MINUTES MY FRIEND HAD TO TAKE THE PHOTO I WAS LAUGHING SO MUCH but so quietly bc CLASS
and then THEN FOLKS
i decided to google ‘ryan evans high school musical funny face’
and for some reason this came up
THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT DOUCHEY KID DID
I THINK HE’S MODELING HIS LIFE AFTER RYAN EVANS FROM HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL I AM CYRRYYYING
Holy shit guys, HOLY SHIT. I’ve now met two of my absolute IDOLS and loves of my life. They are the SWEETEST humans and spent 30+ minutes visiting with fans after playing a 90min game at my college. I’m so so thankful to have gotten to see them play and meet them and talk with them and take selfies with them UGH FRICK today was a good day